New Year's Eve Bubble Bash returns in-person to DuPage Children's Museum

  • Children can have fun catching bubbles while dancing along to music by Little Miss Ann and a DJ from Bach to Rock-Naperville during the DuPage Children's Museum's "Bubble Bash -- A Family-Friendly New Year's Eve" on Friday, Dec. 31.

    Children can have fun catching bubbles while dancing along to music by Little Miss Ann and a DJ from Bach to Rock-Naperville during the DuPage Children's Museum's "Bubble Bash -- A Family-Friendly New Year's Eve" on Friday, Dec. 31. Courtesy of DuPage Children's Museum

  • The DuPage Children's Museum offers New Year's Eve countdowns featuring a DIY party rocket launches, confetti, bubbles and music during the "Bubble Bash" on Friday, Dec. 31. The Naperville museum also offers a sensory-friendly quiet countdown.

    The DuPage Children's Museum offers New Year's Eve countdowns featuring a DIY party rocket launches, confetti, bubbles and music during the "Bubble Bash" on Friday, Dec. 31. The Naperville museum also offers a sensory-friendly quiet countdown. Courtesy of DuPage Children's Museum

 
 
Posted12/16/2021 12:06 PM

On Friday, Dec. 31, the family can ring in the new year together at the 20th annual "Bubble Bash -- A Family-Friendly New Year's Eve" at DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., families can spend their morning creating lasting memories, exploring the museum's hands-on exhibits, taking part in special activities, enjoying live musical performances, and more!

 

This year's live entertainment includes Little Miss Ann along with a DJ from Bach to Rock Naperville. Little Miss Ann delivers a down-to-earth yet upbeat, interactive and energetic performance. She is an award-winning Chicago Kids Musician, a former Chicago Public School teacher, an instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music, an activist, a mom, and a first-generation Filipina American.

Little Miss Ann will perform at 10:30 a.m. and noon.

A DJ from Bach to Rock-Naperville will keep the energy high with family-friendly music throughout the event.

Special activities include creating festive party wear, do-it-yourself confetti poppers and party rockets, glowing art, firework painting, a photo booth from RGML Entertainment, and more.

New this year, museum educators will "wow" guests with bubbling fun during a "cool" science show featuring the powers and properties of liquid nitrogen.

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"This event is all about creating memorable experiences -- whether families are creating their own musical instruments to make some noise at the countdown or experimenting with fluorescent paint in The Studio," said Chris Berg, public programs manager, DuPage Children's Museum. "Children will have the opportunity to play with our exhibits and also create an array of items to celebrate the new year before our 'choose your own countdown' opportunities."

The action-packed morning includes two lively New Year's countdowns taking place at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

At each time, four different countdowns will take place throughout the museum and attendees can choose to ring in the new year with confetti, bubbles, DIY party rocket launch, or a sensory-friendly quiet countdown.

This annual year-end celebration, now in its 20th year, has become a holiday tradition for families to celebrate together.

Face masks are required to be worn over the nose and mouth by everyone ages 2 years and older at all times for the safety of all guests, especially young children who have no other protection against the COVID virus.

Preregistration is recommended as this event may sell out.

Tickets for Bubble Bash -- A Family-Friendly New Year's Eve are on sale now. Tickets are $30 per person or $25 for museum members. Tickets can be purchased online at dupagechildrens.org/bubble-bash or by phone at (630) 637-8000. Bubble Bash tickets are nonrefundable.

The museum thanks Bubble Bash sponsors: The Avery Coonley School, Busey Bank, Galaxy Fun Zone, Goldfish Swim School, Mr. Brand and Dr. Mary Ann Bobosky, HomeLight, Pelican Harbor Indoor Outdoor Aquatic Park, and Marcus and Barbara Starbuck. This program is partially supported by a grant from the SECA Fund, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The museum is located at 301 N. Washington St. in Naperville, a quick walk from the Naperville Metra train station. Parking is free and the building is wheelchair accessible. For information, visit dupagechildrens.org, or follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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